Even though “POEMS by the Old Teacher” (really by Melissa J. Donovan) is not a typical instructional product on Teachers Pay Teachers, what better place for it! This unique 45-page product is filled with teacher-and-student-centered poems (each, one-to-four-pages in length). It was designed for reading to students or with students, sharing with other teachers, identifying with the poems, enjoying immensely, and hopefully, laughing most hysterically.
So when your students need a break from all that serious learning, please read “The Booger,” or maybe “The Homework Monster”. Of course, who can’t identify with “Our Class Clown” or “The Dilly-Dallier”? Bring back memories with “Beware of that Big Buggy-eyed Morning Monster” or “Oh My, I Gotta Toot”. (Even a few are not exactly what you’d expect from this polite old teacher.)
Sharing with your cohorts should create discussion, identification, and some laughter and nostalgia--based on my field-testing of reading such poems as “The Teacher Stomp”, “Retirement, Yes!”, or “A Teacher’s Song”. What a great way to uplift a staff too!
Even though the intent of “POEMS by the Old Teacher” was not instructional, all the poems may be used for analysis of poetry and figurative language in the classroom. I’ve written and taught poetry for years (even a few poems published). Many T.P.T. readers have bought my poetry lessons—especially this past spring. Most of the rhyming or free verse poems included tell a little story and have clinchers at the end.
Note: Please see Preview for examples of my poetry and the table of contents, listing all the titles.
Have a Rewarding and Fun-filled Year!
POEMS by the Old Teacher
by Melissa J. Donovan
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License